Micro-data-centre startup spotlight: Vapor IO
2020 will be the year when data tonnage - the sheer amount of information that is generated outside a data centre and needs to be moved, processed and stored - starts greeting serious disruption in the industry.
One solution to this problem is the concept of data-thinning. This process uses distributed compute capacity to sort through data at the network edge, preventing main channels from becoming clogged with anything other than vital information.
As the global data centre industry begins to restructure itself in a more decentralised fashion, micro-scale data centres are lowering the barriers to industry entry, and a wave of agile new startups are flooding into the market. These new players have to compete with the micro-data-centre offerings of established lodestones of the industry, like Schneider, Vertiv and Huawei, as well as telco operators like Ericsson - which are combining edge data centre infrastructure with their ongoing 5G rollouts.
Meet Vapor IO
The company’s proprietary platform Kinetic Edge uses cutting edge networking and connectivity to combine a distributed network of micro-data-centres into a single virtual facility, which its colocation customers can then access from multiple locations. Kinetic Edge is a fully-integrated system of edge colocation, networking, and exchange services that operates at city-scale in key metropolitan regions. The Kinetic Edge uses custom data centers, dedicated fiber, and networking services to deliver a complete solution for infrastructure edge computing.
The company also builds its own data centre modules, the , as well as its own edge enclosure hardware, the Vapor Chamber. Back in January, Vapor IO closed out a Series C funding round led by pre-existing investors Berkshire Partners and Crown Castle. The round brought the company’s total Series C funding to $90mn, which it will use to further build out its Kinetic Edge platform across 36 markets by the end of next year. Vapor IO's Kinetic Edge is currently deployed in Chicago, Atlanta, Pittsburgh and Dallas, and the company has also begun pre-construction activities in 16 additional markets.
"By deploying Vapor IO's Kinetic Edge exchange, colocation, and networking services in the top U.S. markets, we provide a platform to deliver low-latency edge capabilities at the intersection of the wireline and wireless networks,” said Crawford in a . “With a total of 36 multi-site markets coming online over the next 24 months, we expect to be the largest provider of edge colocation, edge networking, and edge exchange services in close proximity to the last mile networks."
Last month, Vapor IO launched with large scale industry player Digital Realty. The relationship allows colocation customers in Digital Realty’s facilities in Atlanta, Chicago, and Dallas to access Vapor IO’s Kinetic Edge interconnection technology. This initial deployment supports companies looking to test and validate new edge-native applications and workflows that connect and coordinate traffic exchange between PlatformDIGITAL and Vapor IO’s Kinetic Edge deployments.
Chris Sharp, CTO of Digital Realty, commented: “By integrating Vapor IO’s Kinetic Edge Exchange into Digital Realty’s campuses as part of PlatformDIGITAL, workloads in these locations can elastically span from the core to the edge, enabling new distributed workflows that dynamically scale digital business.
Cologix invests in hybrid cloud connectivity across Canada
Canadian and US data centre operator Cologix is investing in two data centres in Canada, in response to “record growth in interconnection in Canada,” reportedly due to “accelerated customer demand to access clouds, software, networks and other key stakeholders at the edge.”
In order to meet this increased demand for interconnection to support public and hybrid cloud services, Cologix has invested an undisclosed sum to acquire an interconnection facility from Zayo Group Holdings in Vancouver, and add a further 10 MW of IT capacity to its existing hyperscale facility in Toronto.
Cologix's CEO, Bill Fathers, noted that “We continue to invest in deep connectivity and scale in Canada in response to accelerated demand for cloud deployments at the network edge,” adding that Cologix currently hosts 75% of Canada’s direct cloud onramps in its data centres, as well as providing its customers “access to thousands of miles of dark fiber routes in the provinces of British Columbia, Quebec and Ontario.”
Fathers also emphasised the fact that “This site acquisition in the heart of downtown Vancouver, where data centre space is in short supply, fits into Cologix's interconnection growth strategy by continuing to expand our Canadian footprint to support edge cloud traffic growth."
Located in downtown Vancouver, the new site purchased from Zayo Group Holdings is located at 175 West Cordova Street. The site comprises more than 65,000 square feet of real estate, and Cologix plans to begin expanding the facility immediately, adding an additional 4.2 MW of capacity in the coming year.
Cologix’s Toronto data centre TOR4, is connected to an extensive dark fibre network which adjoins it to the company’s largest data centre in the city, TOR1. The newly announced expansion will add a further 10 MW of capacity to the site, as well as expand its total floorspace by approximately 50,000 square feet.